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NMED awarded more than $1 million for wetland restoration projects

Release Date: 02/05/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – February 5, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1,036,113 to the New Mexico Environment Department to support and implement four wetland restoration and conservation projects. The first project, located in San Vicente, will survey, restore, and protect more than 30 acres of degraded wetlands. One objective of the second project is for further development of rapid assessment of wetlands in the State. The third project, located in Cebolla County, involves demonstrating innovative methods for restoring agricultural lands to natural wetland habitat. The final project involves implementing restoration and conservation measures by working with Curry County landowners to protect more than 150 acres and restore 60 acres of playa wetlands.

Additional information on EPA’s Water Programs: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/index.htm

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EPA audio file is available for 30 days at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/audio.htm#audio020509_nmed_wrp

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